Met Opera’s Major Fundraiser Leaves For Opera Philadelphia

By David Salazar

Move over Metropolitan Opera, Marita Altman is heading to Opera Philadelphia.

Altman, formerly Director of Major Gifts at the Metropolitan since 2008 will assume her position as the Vice President of Development at Opera Philadelphia starting this Wednesday, March 15. According to a press release, she will “manage all of the company’s fundraising operations while working alongside members of Opera Philadelphia’s senior management team.”

Altman, an M.B.A. from New York University, was responsible for managing the Major Gift program at the Met while also managing the International Council and the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall campaigns. Prior to taking on the role as Director of Major Gifts in 2013, she was the Deputy Director of Major Gifts for five years from 2008-13. She was also a fundraiser for Columbia Business School and was also a Systems Officer for 12 years between 1985-1997.

“Marita Altman has a distinguished record of accomplishment as a fundraiser, a passion for opera’s history and possibilities, and a deep commitment to innovation. She has proven very successful in helping to shape institutional plans and goals, and to build the resources needed to support them,” said Opera Philadelphia General Director and President David B. Devan. “At Opera Philadelphia, she will bring the strategic leadership skills, technical expertise, and passion for our mission that we value and need in the time ahead. She will lead a Development team that is committed to the mission of inspiring artists and audiences and creating opera for the 21st century. We are very pleased to welcome Marita to the Opera Philadelphia family.”

The Metropolitan Opera is seeking out Altman’s replacement, as noted by the job advertisement on the company’s official website.